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Picture Books and Fiction (167 series)

Reading Gems Phonics

Reading Gems Phonics is for children who are learning their letters and sounds. Simple, engaging stories provide gentle phonics practice. Each book includes phonics-based activities and games to aid comprehension and extend learning. Designed to support a child’s learning at school. Featuring original stories, delightful characters and humorous illustrations, these books have been designed to put the fun back into reading.

Rissy No Kissies

A lovebird who doesn't like kisses? Rissy's friends and family wonder if she's sick, confused, or rude. But kisses make Rissy uncomfortable. Can one little lovebird show everyone that there's no one right way to show you care? Rissy No Kissies carries the message that ""your body and your heart are yours, and you choose how to share."" A note at the end provides further information for kids, parents, and educators about body autonomy, consent, and different ways to show affection.

Ruby and Graham

Ruby loves fun and Graham loves organizing. They make sure that Acorn Wood is a beautiful and lively place. But when Graham decides to party all the time like Ruby, things start to go wrong.


The elegant textile art of sashiko is celebrated in this picture book about the embroidery style's origins as a way to strengthen the jackets of fishermen from Awaji Island.

Say Their Names

Aliya, a seven-year-old Black girl, sees on TV news the public reaction to recent and tragic events. Determined to make sure the lives of those lost matter, she leads her own protest march that extends beyond her living rooom and into her neighbourhood to "say their names" and loudly proclaim "good people come in all colours."

Seal Child

A little girl and a young seal pup are separated from their families after a devastating storm. The daunting task of finding their families again is not quite so scary when they are together.

Sister Spring

After Sister Spring awakes ""with the first daffodil on the very last breath of frost,"" she colors the sunrise with a kiss, provides thunder for the hills, and invites the reader to gambol in the meadow and ""dream the seeds of the morrow."" A companion to Mother Winter, this poetic celebration of springtime revels in the life-affirming renewal of the season.

Sleeping Bear Board Books

Rhyming riddles, coupled with colourful artwork will engage even the smallest of readers! Learn about Canada, some of our favourite sports and other fun topics in these fun filled board books!

Snow Babies

Travel through the ice and snow with the most adorable animal babies! Discover which animal grows a brown coat in summer and white fur in winter, and find out how much a newborn panda weighs. From skating puma cubs to sliding penguins, discover how these cute animals survive freezing temperatures, what they eat and how they play.

Snowman Waltz, The

On a cold winter's night under a starry sky, a dozen snowmen swoop down into a woodland glen. With a swing and a glide, they waltz in pairs, moving gracefully along a frozen river to a one, two, three tempo. Wearing top hats and colourful mittens, the snowmen bump, spin, and laugh as they make their way to dance on a frozen pond in a clearing. But wait, who is tramping down the hill and into the very same space? A dozen penguins, with their gleaming eyes and red bowties, march into the clearing,